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Conan O’Brien tweet calls his writer's rant about competitors 'stupid'

Conan O'Brien accepts the award for favorite talk show host at the 2011 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles January 5, 2011.

Conan O'Brien accepts the award for favorite talk show host at the 2011 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles January 5, 2011.  (Reuters)

Three days after one of his writers took to Twitter to rant about the state of late-night comedy, Conan O’Brien posted a sharp-edged retort:

Andres du Bouchet, who has worked for O’Brien in various shows since 2008, posted several tweets Thursday, ranting about what he called “Prom King Comedy,” which is, he posted, "what I call all this s--t. Youve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. F---None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos."

He also suggested a particularly sensitive dorsal-side area where some hugely popular late-night hosts could “shove” their hugely popular celebrity lip-synching routines.

Over the next couple of days, Du Bouchet took down most of the rant-y tweets, and even the follow-up posts apologizing at some level or another. He did leave up two pro-comedy posts, among a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with the controversy he created:

Sunday, from somewhere still deep in the heart of hisself-inflicted Twitter maelstrom, du Bouchet posted a couple of rather plaintive posts, pleading for some vague return to normalcy after his visit to the woodshed:

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